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Alan Bennett : a critical introduction

Author: Joseph H O'Mealy
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2001.
Series: Studies in modern drama, 27.
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"Alan Bennett is one of England's best-loved playwrights. He is perhaps best known there for the BBC production of his Talking Heads TV plays, while the rest of the world may recognize him for the film adaptation of his play The Madness of King George. Over the last thirty years, Bennett has written ten stage plays, three screenplays, eight television documentaries, and over thirty plays for television. Yet
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Named Person: Alan Bennett; Alan Bennett
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph H O'Mealy
ISBN: 0815335407 9780815335405
OCLC Number: 45505863
Description: xxii, 169 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Who Is Alan Bennett? --
1. Early Stage Works: From Beyond the Fringe to Habeas Corpus --
2. Early Television Plays: 1972-1979 --
3. Deeper North: Enjoy, Objects of Affection, and A Private Function --
4. Spies and Writers: Burgess, Blunt, Kafka, and Proust --
5. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life: Talking Heads --
6. Millennium Approaches: Talking Heads 2 --
7. Adapting to Stage and Screen: Joe Orton, Mr. Toad, and George III --
8. Conclusion: In the Van(guard).
Series Title: Studies in modern drama, 27.
Responsibility: Joseph O'Mealy.
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